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with Geshe Tashi Tsering

Saturday 28 January 11:00-17:30 and Saturday 25 February 11:00-17:30

Geshe Tashi will continue to lead us through the arguments, logic and examples we require to understand the far-reaching advantages of having an understanding of the Buddhist concept of emptiness. Geshe Tashi is very aware of the importance of developing insights into the true nature of reality and by continuing to teach on the subject of emptiness, he is hoping to bring us closer to our own understanding of the subject. Geshe Tashi will base his teaching on the Essence of True Eloquence by Lama Tsong Khapa, translated by Robert Thurman. (Full title of the book is Lama Tsong Khapa’s Speech of Gold in the Essence of True Eloquence: Reason and Enlightenment in the Central Philosophy of Tibet (Princeton Legacy Library) translator: Robert Thurman.) Geshe Tashi is well known for the warmth, humour and clarity of his explanations of Buddhist philosophy.

Please email smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk to confirm a place. Suggested donation £25 per day.

About the Teacher:

Born in 1958 Geshe Tashi fled his homeland with his parents at the onset of the Han Chinese Communist Party’s destruction of the ancient Buddhist culture of Tibet. His family were some the first refugee Tibetans settled in the uncultivated lands around Bylakuppe in Karnataka in South India. In the 1970s the refugee monks of Sera Mey monastery were finally able to re-establish their monastery in the South too and Geshe Tashi became the first young person to enter the monastery since 1959.

Geshe Tashi went through the complete monastic curriculum studying for a Geshe degree (equivalent to a Doctor of Divinity) which he finally gained with highest honours, gaining a first in the Geshe Lharampa degree. He then went on to the Gyu Toed Tantric monastery where he studied the major Gelug tantras for one year.

After that Geshe Tashi went to teach at the Nalanda Monastery near Toulouse in France. After a few years he kindly accepted the invitation to be the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, where he has been for almost 20 years.

Geshe Tashi teaches directly in English and is well known for the warmth, humour and clarity of his teaching. He regularly teaches at Jamyang Leeds and leads our annual Ackworth Retreat, as well as teaching and leading retreats across Europe.

Without doubt Geshe Tashi’s greatest inspiration is His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his extraordinary life and work on behalf of the Tibetan people, Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism. When His Holiness is in the UK and Europe Geshe Tashi has the good fortune to interpret for him.